Genius Lost

Image via Geek Tyrant.

Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away today.

There’s really no need to say much—he has left an incredible legacy of acting genius. The cinematic world has lost someone truly special.

May he rest in peace.

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NIIA Week: Michael’s Back!

This week in America it’s National Invisible Illness Awareness Week, which I’m shortening to NIAA Week, because I really don’t want to type that a thousand times. I did some research and it turns out that not only is NIAA Week reasonably new (starting in 2002), there is no Australian, or international equivalent—the Aussie sites simply link to the American one…so, I guess that kinda makes it international.

Anywho, as someone with two invisible illnesses (ME/CFS and PCOS), and a collection of friends who also have invisible illnesses, awareness is a pretty big deal for me. So this week is going to be dedicated to just that.

Tomorrow I’ll share more, but for tonight, the most exciting thing I’ve discovered today: Michael J Fox is coming back to TV Land! His new show, The Michael J Fox Show, which airs on NBC this fall in the US, is all about a guy with Parkinson’s Disease—the same chronic illness Fox suffers from. Now, technically Parkinson’s isn’t completely invisible, but it can certainly start that way. Either way, I’m just excited to see Fox back on TV! He’s always been one of my favourite actors, and has remained on my Top Three Celebs to Invite to Dinner list since I fell in love with Alex P Keaton as a kid.

If you’re as much as a fan as I am, check out the official trailer:

And check back during the week for more on Invisible (and generally lesser recognised) illnesses.

My Endless Love: Pretty Woman

The weather here is unbearably wet. It has rained almost non-stop for the past week or so, and isn’t supposed to stop for a few more days yet. Everything has that sticky, damp feel to it, and smells slightly musty. And every one of my joints feels like it needs a good oiling, which is why I’ve been absent—my hands especially don’t like the wet. Yuck.

On a completely separate note, let’s talk about movies. I love a good movie, especially when it’s rainy, but usually seeing a movie once is enough. There are, however, a small collection of movies that I could watch a million times over and never tire of at all. Top of this list is Pretty Woman.

I’m not even sure why, but Pretty Woman has always been one of the few movies I can’t pull myself away from, no matter how many times I see it. The other night I was just passing through the lounge on the way to bed, when I noticed it was on. Suddenly, I’m curled on the sofa waiting for Richard Gere to punch Jason Alexander in the nose. I don’t know what happened—some kind of ovaries-magnet they build into certain Romcoms?—but I couldn’t tear myself away, even though I was exhausted.

One thing I do know is that the fashion in that movie, even though it was made in 1990, is wonderful. Yes, there are a few very eighties/nineties moments, but the key scenes are styled so well that much of Julia Roberts’ attire would very easily work today. To prove my point, I trolled the web and found a few examples of the most pivotal wardrobe pieces. Because I know not everyone has a Hollywood budget (uh, me, to start with), I’ve found a few different price ranges for each item.

The Red Jacket

The jacket Vivian wears in the opening scenes—the red and black one that goes oh-so-well with her belly-baring, hooker attire—is actually pretty darn stylish. It was clearly designed to look a bit raggedy, but with an update, I reckon it would look something like this:

(L-R) Nina Ricci Polka Dot Silk Chiffon Dress, from Luisa Viaroma - $AU3,108.00; Howard Showers Polka Dot, Twist Neckline Dress, via Birdsnest - $AU179.00; Sienna You Soon Dress, from Modcloth - $US67.99.

(L-R) Stella McCartney Matilda Jacket, via Polyvore – $AU1,600.00; Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren Military Jacket, from ASOS – $AU270.98; Grelin Bond Blazer, from Piper Lime – $AU41.80.

The LBLD

Remember when he walks into the bar to meet her for their dinner with Mr Morse and his nephew? BAM! He’s knocked out with how much of a knockout she is (see what I did there?)! That Little Black Lace Dress (LBLD) is perfect—sexy without being slutty, classy without being mumsy. Every woman needs that dress.

(L-R) Valentino Black Lace Dress, from Stylebop - £1,965.00; Jaeger Scalloped Lace Dress, from Jaeger - £199.00; ASOS Midi Bodycon with Lace Off Shoulder, from ASOS - $AU49.27.

(L-R) Valentino Black Lace Dress, from Stylebop – £1,965.00; Jaeger Scalloped Lace Dress, from Jaeger – £199.00; ASOS Midi Bodycon with Lace Off Shoulder, from ASOS – $AU49.27.

That Red Gown

Okay, so it was the end of the eighties, puffy sleeves and gloves were big. But the eighties have made a comeback, and the scene where he sees her in that gown was easily one of the best moments of the movie. I actually really like the original dress but, alas, this is the closest I could find:

(L-R) Prabal Gurung Silk-Crepe Gown, from Lane Crawford - $AU4,530.00; JS Collection Cowl Back Maxi with Rosette Detail shoulders, from House of Fraser - £260.00, CD-1357, from The Rose Dress - $US76.00.

(L-R) Prabal Gurung Silk-Crepe Gown, from Lane Crawford – $AU4,530.00; JS Collection Cowl Back Maxi with Rosette Detail shoulders, from House of Fraser – £260.00, CD-1357, from The Rose Dress – $US76.00.

The Polka Dot Dress

Who could forget the polo match, where Julia’s character handled herself so well, even with Stuckey’s smarminess bothering her? And her outfit—flawless! Every time I watch the movie, I spend the next few months pining for the perfect polka-dot dress. Somehow that dress is going to make me cool, sophisticated, and fantastically attractive to all men-kind.

(L-R) Prabal Gurung Silk-Crepe Gown, from Lane Crawford - $AU4,530.00; JS Collection Cowl Back Maxi with Rosette Detail shoulders, from House of Fraser - £260.00, CD-1357, from The Rose Dress - $US76.00.

(L-R) Nina Ricci Polka Dot Silk Chiffon Dress, from Luisa Viaroma – $AU3,108.00; Howard Showers Polka Dot, Twist Neckline Dress, via Birdsnest – $AU179.00; Sienna You Soon Dress, from Modcloth – $US67.99.

While we’re on the topic of cool, this scene from the movie (one of my faves), repeated twenty years later = brilliant:

What movie can you watch over and over?

My Endless Love: Awards Season Glamour.

It’s been a dull, rainy day here, and I’ve had lots of pattern cutting to do, which has given me plenty of time to watch the Oscars. I have to tell you though, don’t remember too many of the lucky winners because, as usual, I was too busy looking at all the pretty dresses.

I love awards season fashion. I love seeing the gents all suited up because, let’s face it, nothing is as sexy as a man in a suit. Nothing. But the ladies are why I watch. Seeing gorgeous women swanning along the Red Carpet looking like princesses always excites me. I love seeing what they decided was ‘it’ this year, and watching my favourites get it just right.

don’t love the cattiness of ‘worst dressed lists’ and snide comments about who ‘got it wrong’. Celebrities may choose to be famous, but nobody chooses, or deserves, to be attacked simply because their idea of style is different to someone else’s…unless you think Mullet perms are ok.  So I’m not going to share any of the train wrecks with you. Instead, here’s my top three Oscars looks for 2013:

Naomi Watts looked stunning (as usual) in this Giorgio Armani Prive gown. I love the slightly Art Deco-ness of it…and the copious amounts of sparkles.

Naomi Watts sparking in Armani Prive. Image via Red Carpet Fashion Awards.

Jessica Chastain was a walking Oscars statuette. Another Armani Prive frock, this little number was classic glamour, and looked stunning with her red lips and gorgeous titian curls.

Jessica Chastain looking every bit an Oscars goddess. Image courtesy of Just Jared.

Proving waifish white girls aren’t the only ones who can shine in a gown, Octavia Spencer looked every bit the princess in her custom Tadashi Shoji. I love it.

Belle of the ball, Octavia Spencer. Perez Hilton, totally agrees with me.

And remember how I was saying kindness is stylish? Well, so is chivalry. I cheered a little when Hugh Jackman came to Jennifer Lawrence’s rescue after she tripped on the stairs.

Can the man be any more divine?